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Next month’s annual Tuatapere New Year’s
Day Sports will no doubt offer a trip down
memory lane for many.
It’s the 100th year the town has turned
on its trademark line-up of family fun and
All the favourites – wood chopping,
athletics, cycling, highland dancing and clay
target shooting – will again be on offer but
publicity officer Peter Templeton said the
quality this year would be better than ever.
Come New Year’s Day, the toast of New
Zealand’s axemen and women will be
gathering for what promises to be an
Auckland’s Jason Wynyard, winner of 111
bush craft world titles and 10-time winner
of the Timbersports World Series, will be
participating in the competition along with
his world-champion underhand cutter wife
Carmen. It should make for a memorable
occasion when the two get together in the
Jack and Jill competition, Mr Templeton
Dion Lane, also of Auckland, is rated about
third in the world and he, along with his
fellow Auckland choppers, will be out to
Hokitika’s Adam Lowe will be another one to
watch, as will his wife Sabrina.
Darryl Hayden, who competed at the
1974 Tuatapere Sports Day, is travelling
from Australia to be part of this year’s
celebrations. And, of course, there will
be the local competitors who would like
nothing better than to knock these top
contenders off their perches.
Jimmy Hunt, who won the mantle clock
prize at the 50th year celebrations for
chopper with most points, is bringing
himself and the clock back this year. He
has kindly donated the clock, in pristine
condition, for the axe man with the most
points on January 1, 2010.
There are now only two such sports days
remaining in this country – the one at
Tuatapere and the other at Browns (to be
held on January 9) – so the event is all the
more remarkable for standing the test of
time. There will be food and drinks galore
but people are also welcome to bring their
own refreshments and settle themselves
down for the day.
And what Tuatapere sports day would be
complete without an appearance by the
local pipe band to get proceedings under
Entry is $5 for an adult with senior citizens
and children free.
Sharp acts at centenary sports
Axemen in action during this year’s Tuatapere Sports. Next month’s 100th sports has attracted
some of the leading bushcraft men and women fromthroughout the country.
By Karen Pasco
Friday, January 1, 2010
• Woodchopping from 9am
• Highland Dancing from 11am
• Athletics from 12pm
• Cycling from 12pm
• Clay target shooting from 12pm
• Pipe band performs 12pm
A successful predator eradiction
programme on Coal Island in Preservation
Inlet has seen the return of kiwi to the area.
The South West New Zealand Endangered
Species Charitable Trust was established in
2004 with members representing private,
government and iwi interests. The trust
maintains a close working relationship
with the Department of Conservation but
all of its work is met by donations and
The trust’s aim was to clear Coal Island of
introduced pests and predators, prevent
the reinvasion of a permanent deer and
stoat population and create a world class
sanctuary to support the reintroduction of a
range of rare and endangered native birds,
plants and wildlife.
Recently declared pest free, the island
was this week ready to receive the first
of about a dozen Haast kiwis that have
been acclimatising on Rona Island in Lake
Trust administrator Joyce Kolk said it was
an exciting time for the trustees to see the
fruits of their labour. Their efforts were
already clearly evident in the regeneration
of the native bush on the island. Tracks cut
for the trapping lines six years ago were
now overgrown to the extent that they were
in need of recutting, she said.
The kiwi transfer, scheduled to take place
on Wednesday, was supported by Kisbee
Lodge and Alpine Choppers.
People were welcome to join the trust.
Membership was $25 and, with the
exception of audit fees, all money raised
went directly into the work on the island.
Further information on the trust’s work can
be found at www.tepukahereka.org.nz
South West trust
celebrates return of
kiwi to Coal Island
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